Map of Santa Monica Bike Routes 

Bike Resources and Events

Bicycle Friendly University LogoSMC achieved the Bronze level certification from the League of American Cyclists in 2014 for our dedication to making cycling a safe and viable mode of transportation for all students and employees. Join us...because, why wait for the weekend to enjoy sunshine, fresh air and excercise?

Best Routes to SMC

Plan your bike route to utilize low volume, low speed streets and incorporate routes with bike lanes when possible.

  • East/West

    Ocean Park Blvd.
    Broadway Street
    Pearl Street
    Venice Blvd.

  • North/South

    11th Street
    16th Street
    17th Street
    20th Street

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PDF File Local Bike Paths - City of Santa Monica Bike Map and Safety information.

PDF File Bike Parking Plan - Bike Parking Master Plan at SMC.

Due to SMC’s high bike ridership, we are a target for bike theft. Protect against theft by properly locking your bike. SeePDF FileStop Bike Theft Info for more information. Don’t forget to register your bike with the SMC police department. This will ensure your bike gets back to you if it is impounded or stolen.

Santa Monica College has an active bicycle community. Riding your bike is a great alternative to sitting in traffic and then looking for a parking space…especially with gas prices on the rise! However, biking in Los Angeles can be challenging. Be sure to plan ahead by mapping the safest route possible and following basic safety measures listed below. Thanks to Cliff Bar for their generous support of Bike SMC!

Bike Repair Resources

FREE bike repair every Tue & Thu during club hours at the Pearl Street Bike Lot courtesy of SMC's Bike Club. Get your flats, squeaks, & ​brakes looked at. If you are a skilled bike mechanic, we are always looking for help. Email us at smcollegebike@gmail.com

Get FREE "stand time" and bike maintenance support at Bikerowave, a non-profit, volunteer run bike shop on Venice blvd and Centinela. Another perk for paying your AS fees. Just show them your SMC ID card and be prepared to learn to fix your own bike with their help.

DIY bike repair stands, pumps, and tools are available for use a the Pearl Street Bike Lot 24/7.

Join the SMC Bike Club

Interested in helping to build bike culture on campus? The SMC Bike Club organizes rides, provides free repairs, hosts maintenan​ce and safety workshops, and advocates for better biking infrastructure. Visit our Facebook page (Email: smcollegebike@gmail.com)

Rent a Breeze Bike from any campus

  • Those green bikes around Santa Monica can be rented by the hour or as an annual member.

  • Special SMC student member rates of $7 per month for 90 min of ride time per day.

  • Mobile app helps find the closest bike and station.

  • Perfect for short trips:

    1. Get to campus from a bus or Expo train. Use them to finish your last mile quickly.

    2. Go to lunch, run some errands, or ride between campuses.

    3. Get excercise while enjoying the Santa Monica sunshine every day...not just weekends.

How it Works

  • 1. Reserve

    Book a Bike
    To rent a bike, ener your account number or tap your member card on the bicycle keypad. You can also download teh Social Bicycles mobile app to find and reserve a bike.

  • 2. Release

    Quick & Easy
    Once prompted just enter your 4-digit PIN code using the keypad on the bicycle. To release the bike pull out the yellow lock back and place it in the holster.

  • 3. Ride

    Get around
    Adjust the saddle height and check the brakes before riding. For quick stops during your ride use the "HOLD" button by the keypad and secure the bike to any bike rack. To unlock again enter your 4-digit pin code.

  • 4. Return

    Lock & Go
    To end your trip, just return and lock the bick to a Breeze station, or a rack within 100 feet if the station you choose is full. You can lock to any other public bike rack for a small fee. Check the screen on the bike for return confirmation.

Bike Loaner Program

The Santa Monica Bike Center is helping commuters test out bike commuting by offering the necessary equipment and support to gain firsthand bike commuting experience to see if it works for them. Their free Bike Loaner Program includes:

    • Commuter Bike
    • Rear Rack
    • Fenders
    • Pannier
    • Head Light & Tail Light
    • U-lock
    • Cycle computer
    • Helmet (as needed)
    • Route planning and guidance on the rules of the road
    • Chile seat (as needed)


In addition to the equipment, each participant will be offered assistance with route planning, weather preparedness, and theft prevention.

Participants will get exclusive use of a commuter bike and accessories for a two-week trial, free of charge. A cycle computer mounted on the handlebars of the bicycle will track the number of miles ridden by each commuter. The program targets employees who primarily commute by car and are willing to give bicycle commuting a try at least three times per week. Fill out this PDF FileCommuter Bike Loaner Application to get started.

Warning: Based on results you may get hooked on bike commuting after completing the two-week trial.

Safety Tips

We can make bicycling safer for all by observing the following safety tips:

  • Always wear a helmet
  • Obey all traffic controls: these go on your permanent driving record and are very expensive
  • At night, make sure you are visible with a head and rear light, it's not only good sense, it's the law!
  • Ride your bicycle near the right-hand edge of the road
  • Never carry another person on your bicycle
  • Always use hand signals when turning or stopping
  • Bike defensively: look out for cars at cross street, driveways, and parking places
  • Be careful when checking traffic and don’t swerve when looking over your shoulder
  • Give pedestrians the right-of-way
  • Keep your bicycle in good condition
  • Always ride carefully

Remember a bicycle is a vehicle. Just like automobiles we are required to follow and abide by all local and state laws. Bicyclists share a complex traffic environment with other larger forms of transportation. Work together to keep everyone safe! Learn about Sharrows and how motorists should be sharing the road.

Additional safety tips:
http://bicyclesafe.com/
http://www.dmv.ca.gov/pubs/brochures/fast_facts/ffdl37.htm
http://la-bike.org/resources/safe-biking-tips
http://rollingcowboys.com/ride/

Resources and Services

SMC Campus Police
310-434-4300 • www.smc.edu/police
Register your bike and report collisions.

SMC Center for Environmental and Urban Studies
310-434-3909 • www.smc.edu/ceus
Stocks basic bike repair tools and repair kits. Learn how to join the movement by finding an environmentally focused club or just come and learn how to reduce your eco footprint!

SM Bike Center
310-656-8500 • info@smcbikecenter.com
bikeandpark.com/city/santa-monica
Full-service bike commuting facility (largest in the U.S.) Showers, lockers, towel service, mechanic services, secure bike parking, bike rentals, bike tours, & Segway tours.

Rack and ride with the BBB
All Big Blue Buses have racks that accommodate most bikes, including kids’ bikes (but not tandems).

Bikes are not allowed inside the bus.

The Big blue bus is FREE to SMC students with a valid student A.S. Member ID.

LACBC
634 S Spring St Los Angeles, CA 90014
213-629-2142 • la-bike.org
Local Chapter: SM Spoke
213-626-2141 • smspoke.org

The LACBC Bicycle Resource guide is filled with helpful information about all things related to cycling.

Bikerowave
www.bikerowave.org
FREE bike repair assistance with valid SMC ID including AS membership sticker.

Stop by the Center for Environmental and Urban Studies to learn more about biking SMC!

Partnership Logos: SM Bike Center, The League of American Bicyclists, SMC Bike Club, Center for Environmental and Urban Studies, Santa Monica College, and Rolling Cowboys  


A special THANK YOU to CLIF for their ongoing support!

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